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Russell not the only Raider on notice

As the Raiders gather for their mandatory minicamp this weekend, JaMarcus Russell isn’t the only player whose job security will be tenuous.

Whether Russell will actually be there, as coach Tom Cable said he would, is open to question. The last thing the Raiders need is an injury which would delay the process of sending him on his way in the wake of the acquisition of Washington quarterback Jason Campbell.

Campbell is already in the area, and was spotted at a Jack London Square restaurant with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson by a reader with a who sent a photo. Russell, meanwhile has been kept out of public view.

Willie Brown’s glowing review of Russell on Comcast last month aside, you talk to a few Raiders employees informally and it’s more of a collective roll of the eyes.

(Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reported Russell is tipping the scales at 300 pounds).

The Raiders could pull the band-aid off the wound and dispense with Russell quickly unless they’re looking for a way of getting out of paying that last $3 million.

Either way, Russell can’t feel real confident about his status, and only he knows if he cares or wants to try again somewhere else.

If Russell isn’t at minicamp, then Campbell, Charlie Frye and Kyle Boller will get all the work as Bruce Gradkowski recovers from a pectoral tear. (The good news on Gradkowski’s injury is that it was to the left side, and not his throwing side).

A handful of other players, who make far less money, are also less comfortable as the 2010 Raiders begin to take shape.

Among them:

WR Johnnie Lee Higgins: Coach Tom Cable was clear in his intentions for fourth-round pick Jacoby Ford. It’s also a safe bet Nick Miller, if injured during training camp, won’t be kept on the 53-man roster for 16 weeks this time around.

“I’m looking for that guy to see if he’ll take the reins of our return game and become a guy like that for us. Those are the expectations early on,” Cable said.

Any linebacker not named Rolando McClain, Kamerion Wimbley or Trevor Scott: Cable promises I’ll love how the defensive plan shakes out. If it includes attackers coming from different directions, sometimes as an end, sometimes as a linebacker, and an element of unpredictability, he’s right.

Quintin Groves, a former second-round pick, joins holdovers Thomas Howard, Ricky Brown, Isaiah Ekejiuba, Sam Williams and second-year men Slade Norris and David Nixon. Add sixth-round pick Travis Goethel, who Cable described as being a stout inside player. It’s survival of the fittest (and fastest) with a heavy emphasis on special teams.

Any offensive tackle not named Mario Henderson: Khalif Barnes will probably stick around, but nothing is certain after the picks of Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell in the third and fourth rounds. If Campbell ends up as a guard _ Cable said it was a possibility _ it opens up another spot.

Fullback Oren O’Neal: Could be just an oversight, but Cable has now left O’Neal’s name out the last two times he was asked about the fullback position. It’s a good situation for Manase Tonga, the undrafted free agent from BYU and Aragon High in San Mateo, to show if he can be an NFL quality blocker. There are unconfirmed reports the Raiders also signed UCLA fullback Chase Moline, who began his Bruins career as a linebacker.

With undrafted free agents, it’s a difficult to project. A year ago, I received a flood of e-mails and assurances that linebacker Frantz Joseph was a tackling machine and a real find at linebacker. Instead, Joseph looked a step or three slow from the outset and the gem turned out to be Harvard defensive end Desmond Bryant.

With O’Neal’s healthy and Luke Lawton starting the season under suspension, Oakland’s 2010 fullback position is wide open.

Defensive end Jay Richardson: Richardson is a point-of-attack player on a team that hasn’t been a good run-defending team for seven years. The plan for Lemarr Houston, Cable said, is to play end.

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  • M Lonetree

    Over the weekend Josh Atkinson of Granada High won his 100 meter race in 10.61 tying his twin brother’s (George Atkinson III) best time.
    George Atkinson III concentrated instead on the 200 meters which he won.

    It’s only a matter of time ladies and gentlemen, just a matter of time…

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    RIP Franklin Mieuli. One of a kind.

  • raidertbone

    # 2ndgenraider Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    kinkades has the Great salmon dish…

    _______________________________________

    and a couple of nice “dishes” serving up salmon!

  • lefty12

    Bs Dad-right on.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # 2ndgenraider Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    kinkades has the Great salmon dish…
    ************************

    For sure

  • aig

    I think alot of people are underestimating Walter McFadden. I think he is much more physical than people give him credit for. You watch his tape and he fights through the block to make the tackle…as a corner.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    without a hefty NT, teams may still be able to go up the middle of our defense, but with Lemarr Houston and Desmond Bryant on the outside, they will not be able to take it outside as often.

    If Kelly, Seymour, Bryant and Houston are moving all over the line during games, it will be hard for teams to focus on a particular spot. It could work, as we have 3 pretty unique players in Kelly, Seymour and hopefully Houston. These are quick, strong, agile D-linemen that can play the run and attack the QB.

    I just really hope that Kellen Heard makes the team, for those 4th and 1′s.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # lefty12 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Bs Dad-right on.
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    Lefster how goes it man? We gotta meet at the games man….i feel like a new day is here and we are about to reclaim our rightful spot in the NFL

  • 2ndgenraider

    that is what we use to do back in the day. I grew up in what you guys call the black hole. Raiders would win all home games because they would beat up the other team. Now I know football has changed but winning at home in your div is the key to playoffs

  • The Return of Godliness

    # BART Bridge Blues Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    without a hefty NT, teams may still be able to go up the middle of our defense, but with Lemarr Houston and Desmond Bryant on the outside, they will not be able to take it outside as often.

    If Kelly, Seymour, Bryant and Houston are moving all over the line during games, it will be hard for teams to focus on a particular spot. It could work, as we have 3 pretty unique players in Kelly, Seymour and hopefully Houston. These are quick, strong, agile D-linemen that can play the run and attack the QB.

    I just really hope that Kellen Heard makes the team, for those 4th and 1’s.
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    A hefty NT is most def mandatory when we play the top elite offenses. If wanna get to the postseason and win the damn thing its a no brainer. Yes I wanted a NT and we got Heard so now I’m okay. Not who I wanted originally but so damn what? I want the guy doing damn well. 355 lbs is a load!!!

  • DKnight007

    FANECA or HENDERSON would be GREAT pickups for this Raider team!

  • RaiderRockstar

    alright guys. you win

    we’re not adding a nose tackle and we’re not going to run a 3-4 defense on occasion (as Nnamdi21 proved that we did last year)

    4-3 defense with starters: Shaughnessy, Kelly, Seymour & Houston.

    regular rotation includes Bryant, Joseph, Richardson & Gunheim – injury pushes one of these guys in the starting lineup

    the only new starter on the D-Line is Houston and he’s gonna elevate the run defense from 29th to Top 15 ???

  • The Return of Godliness

    # 2ndgenraider Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    that is what we use to do back in the day. I grew up in what you guys call the black hole. Raiders would win all home games because they would beat up the other team. Now I know football has changed but winning at home in your div is the key to playoffs
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    Ha and you think I know my shyt…see pops at it?

  • DKnight007

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    # 2ndgenraider Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    kinkades has the Great salmon dish…
    ************************

    For sure

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Oh yeah…great dishes all around….love the crab artichoke dip!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    alright guys. you win

    we’re not adding a nose tackle and we’re not going to run a 3-4 defense on occasion (as Nnamdi21 proved that we did last year)

    4-3 defense with starters: Shaughnessy, Kelly, Seymour & Houston.

    regular rotation includes Bryant, Joseph, Richardson & Gunheim – injury pushes one of these guys in the starting lineup

    the only new starter on the D-Line is Houston and he’s gonna elevate the run defense from 29th to Top 15 ???
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    RRS its april not july or august…we aint done making moves yet

    Hopefully the Kellen Heard guy is ready to make the team. We can use his 6’6 355 lb frame

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Man, Jerry wonders whether Russell will even show up for mandatory mini-camp?!

    When Jerry, I think it was, asked Cable whether Russell would be there Cable pretty much acted like he didn’t really care.

    Hey Al! You working on a case of “fired for cause”?

  • M Lonetree

    Fat guy in the middle. Against any kind of a hurry-up offense what does the fat guy do?

  • DKnight007

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:12 pm
    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I sometimes go to Horatios at the Marina in San Leandro…
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    Wow the Marina….lol late at nite its the best spot when I was in high school to get it crackin lol

    ^^^^^^^
    Happy hour starts back up at Horatios at 9pm! LOL
    **********************

    You are a lush

    ^^^^^^^
    Nah not anymore….

  • The Return of Godliness

    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    # 2ndgenraider Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    kinkades has the Great salmon dish…
    ************************

    For sure

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Oh yeah…great dishes all around….love the crab artichoke dip!
    *********************

    My patna works the bar and is server there…..East coast Patriots fans…but thats my dawg. Real cool and knows sports….great server and will treat his customers right….holla at him

  • RaiderRockstar

    I hear ya ROG.

    just hate putting our run defense in the hands of a rookie who wasn’t even drafted …

    Kellen Heard, welcome to Oakland. we need you!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    # stoopidmike Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Raider75 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    Why don’t we move Russell to DT?

    He could easily add another 30 lbs to that frame and he would be a monster inside.
    ===================================
    You must be joking.Fatty is not physical whatsoever.He’s slow as hell.You can see him Bullrushing an O Lineman? He’s just a Seabass at QB.Big frame,thats it.Similar to Jared Lorenz,who was 280lb QB.Didnt do squat.There is NO position for JaMarcus.His only skill is throwing a football (in practice) while stationary.Only works at 1 position, the one he is garbage at.He needs to retire, move to Vegas,Blow Al’s cash at the tables….He could win that Old QB competition they used to televise in the offseason.(No defense)
    ……………

    I can’t believe you typed that much trying to argue against Russell as a DT.

    Of course I was joking… kind of. :)

  • The Return of Godliness

    # M Lonetree Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Fat guy in the middle. Against any kind of a hurry-up offense what does the fat guy do?
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    I dunno play through it….many have done it before…gotta hulk up and be a soldier

  • raiders22

    bruce campbell will wear 74. lets hope he doesnt play like our last 74!

  • lefty12

    B-things are great-especially after this weekend.Now if it can just manifest itself onto the field.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great off-season to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?

    Outstanding draft, one of the best in the NFL — addressing MOST needs.

    If Jason Campbell beats out Gradkowski, and plays at a level better-than-average for NFL QB’s, he will be one of the best 4th-round trade acquisitions in NFL history. He has the tools, and now has a chance, to be great.

    If Gradkowski clearly wins out, it means he’s obviously got “it” and we’ll all be better off for it. Grads has the mettle and ability…and his teammates think he’s got what it takes to get it done.

    The players in the locker room KNOW they have a few QB’s that can get it done now.

    We still have BIG NEEDS: RB, OL (especially one who can play C). And don’t forget Gallery’s bad back, surgery notwithstanding.

    Fantastic job by the front office so far — this year is off to a great, promising start. Mini-camp this weekend will be full of electricity!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    YOU PEOPLE:

    get ready for a healthy dose of AFC West backs at 4-5 yards per carry

  • raiders22

    veldheer 68

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I hear ya ROG.

    just hate putting our run defense in the hands of a rookie who wasn’t even drafted …

    Kellen Heard, welcome to Oakland. we need you!
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    John Henderson was another former first rounder and can help….but right now the Chiefs are hosting him…damn!!!

  • DKnight007

    Godli,

    Just post the pic of Jason and Hue online then….or at http://www.raiderfans.net

  • The Return of Godliness

    Henderson is a pro bowl DT. You know al loves guys like Henderson…be real with yourselves…but dammit so does KC apparently

  • The Return of Godliness

    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Godli,

    Just post the pic of Jason and Hue online then….or at http://www.raiderfans.net
    **********************

    LOL dont want to put that email out huh?

  • HayesDaze37

    Jerry McD — Outstanding job throughout the draft…from pre-to-post, you’ve earned your keep! Thx!!

  • RaiderResurrection

    There’s a chance we run a hybrid D much like the Ravens do.

    Hopefully Cable, H. Jackson, and Marshall all pushed hard for the change and committment to personnel.

    I like the addition of 250-260+ linebackers

    Much better than the 240 and below crownd we had.

    There’s a chance that Isaiah Ekejuiba gets cut, WRITE THAT ONE DOWN!

    Who agrees?

  • stoopidmike

    Raider75 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    # stoopidmike Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Raider75 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 12:59 pm
    Why don’t we move Russell to DT?

    He could easily add another 30 lbs to that frame and he would be a monster inside.
    ===================================
    You must be joking.Fatty is not physical whatsoever.He’s slow as hell.You can see him Bullrushing an O Lineman? He’s just a Seabass at QB.Big frame,thats it.Similar to Jared Lorenz,who was 280lb QB.Didnt do squat.There is NO position for JaMarcus.His only skill is throwing a football (in practice) while stationary.Only works at 1 position, the one he is garbage at.He needs to retire, move to Vegas,Blow Al’s cash at the tables….He could win that Old QB competition they used to televise in the offseason.(No defense)
    ……………

    I can’t believe you typed that much trying to argue against Russell as a DT.

    Of course I was joking… kind of.
    ========================================
    lol….I thought the last sentence i dropped was good….I typed alot cause once you get rolling on JaMarcus its hard to stop.Kind of like when he eats

  • The Return of Godliness

    DK i think i’ll just make a fake yahoo email real quick maybe lol

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderResurrection Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    There’s a chance we run a hybrid D much like the Ravens do.

    Hopefully Cable, H. Jackson, and Marshall all pushed hard for the change and committment to personnel.

    I like the addition of 250-260+ linebackers

    Much better than the 240 and below crownd we had.

    There’s a chance that Isaiah Ekejuiba gets cut, WRITE THAT ONE DOWN!

    Who agrees?
    ***********************

    Great post………..maybe Ike does get slashed but he plays ST so well

  • RaiderResurrection

    I agree Jerry does a good job. Jerry tries to sound like he’s not biased, but he sometimes sounds like a Raider fan. Am I reading wrong?

  • RaiderRockstar

    funny that KC runs a 3-4 defense and is hosting John Henderson.

    John Henderson can play 3-4 NT, but Marcus Stroud & Albert Haynesworth can’t ???

    Hmmm..

    getting him would open up a whole new bag of tricks for Marshall to use on D!

  • The Return of Godliness

    # HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Jerry McD — Outstanding job throughout the draft…from pre-to-post, you’ve earned your keep! Thx!!
    ***********************

    LOL Hayes you arent my most favorite person….but is it not a GREAT day to a be a RAIDER?

  • stoopidmike

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:27 pm
    Henderson is a pro bowl DT. You know al loves guys like Henderson…be real with yourselves…but dammit so does KC apparently
    ———————————————
    The only good that would come out of that is if KC would then cut G.Dorsey,who I would salivate over almost as much as Henderson

  • RaiderResurrection

    Thanks ROG

    He does play special teams exceptionally well, its hard to find good wedge busters who fly like gunners, but he is getting older and more injury prone.

    Remember special teams are for youngsters

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderResurrection Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I agree Jerry does a good job. Jerry tries to sound like he’s not biased, but he sometimes sounds like a Raider fan. Am I reading wrong?
    *********************

    Jerry has been up and down but in 2010 I give him credit…the posts and articles have been very good

  • The Return of Godliness

    jerry McDonald just sent me an email told me I’m one up on him…he hasnt even talked to Hue yet lol….but he will of course

  • DKnight007

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    # 2ndgenraider Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    kinkades has the Great salmon dish…
    ************************

    For sure

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Oh yeah…great dishes all around….love the crab artichoke dip!
    *********************

    My patna works the bar and is server there…..East coast Patriots fans…but thats my dawg. Real cool and knows sports….great server and will treat his customers right….holla at him

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Cool…I got a hookup at Horatios and at the A’s, Raider and Warrior games.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderResurrection Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks ROG

    He does play special teams exceptionally well, its hard to find good wedge busters who fly like gunners, but he is getting older and more injury prone.

    Remember special teams are for youngsters
    ***************************

    No thank you for being a damn good smart Raider……not a fan but a RAIDER

  • RaiderResurrection

    I know bro! I feel a Return to Glory. I just hope it comes together.

    I hope Al is right about keeping Cable as coach.

  • severeraiderz

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    Houston>Cody no question

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    severe: please don’t compare a DE to a NT

    apples & oranges bro!

    ===========================================================

    Lamarr played the 3-technique, 5 technique and nose guard in college. He was a DT that could line up at every position on the line. In the national championship game he dominated the Bama OL and was a huge why Texas had the #1 rushing defense last year. In the senior bowl he was abusing the OG and had to be double teamed. On a few plays he made Iupati look like a bum.

  • lefty12

    RR-you seem to forget about McClain.Besides,you can’t double team everyone up front.Seymour draws doubles.So does Kelly.If,and it is a big if,Houston is the run stuffer at DE he is believed to be,that will free up the LBs to make plays at the LOS,not 5-9 yds down the field.If runs are forced into the middle and Sey and Kelly are eating up the blockers,well you get the picture.

  • The Return of Godliness

    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    # DKnight007 Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    # 2ndgenraider Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    kinkades has the Great salmon dish…
    ************************

    For sure

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Oh yeah…great dishes all around….love the crab artichoke dip!
    *********************

    My patna works the bar and is server there…..East coast Patriots fans…but thats my dawg. Real cool and knows sports….great server and will treat his customers right….holla at him

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Cool…I got a hookup at Horatios and at the A’s, Raider and Warrior games.
    ************************

    Man one of these days FUK WIT ME DAWG…come to the tailgate…Norco Bob and I would love to meet you as well as others

  • The Return of Godliness

    # RaiderResurrection Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I know bro! I feel a Return to Glory. I just hope it comes together.

    I hope Al is right about keeping Cable as coach.
    *************************

    Well talking to Thomas Howard last year at Chili’s he tells me the players really like Cable alot…he told me he is obviously an Olineman lol

  • RaiderResurrection

    The Return of Godliness Says:
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    No thank you for being a damn good smart Raider……not a fan but a RAIDER

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    Hell yeah, I’ll toast to that! You like-wise!